On the occasion of the 22nd Anniversary of St Peter’s College, it is both a privilege and an honour for me to congratulate the Matric class of 2019 on an outstanding set of results, which further reinforces our reputation for academic excellence.
Thank you to Mrs Shelly Matthews, the HODs and Academic Staff for the contribution you make on a daily basis which is vital to the success of our College. So in a very small way, I want to show my appreciation and thank these dedicated individuals, for all the time and effort that they devote in support of the College and our students. I recognize the unique role that they play in promoting and advocating quality education. St Peter’s College benefits every day from the dedicated energies and time devoted by the members of our academic staff. St Peter’s College is successful because of the standard of teaching and all the extra opportunities offered to students, as well as, all the hard work that takes place behind the scenes and the Matric results of 2019 are testimony to this fact.
I want to congratulate the Matric Class of 2019 on obtaining:
100% Matric Pass
95% Bachelor’s Degree Pass – University Entrance
Eighty students and six teachers participated in the fourteen-day tour to three major cities in the USA to experience and learn about the Creative Arts. Not even the 15-hour flight could dampen the spirits. Of course, shopping also formed an important part of the students’ free time!
As part of an FLP activity and with the national elections in mind - the Grade 6 and 7 girls arranged elections to take place at school. The various groups established parties and manifestos. The groups/parties were given a choice of challenges to research, from the ten global sustainable goals. The girls needed to research and promote solutions on a national, community and individual scale. Each party presented their findings to the ‘voters’ (i.e. the rest of the Girls Senior Prep) together with their names, slogans and party colours. The canvasing for votes even included a little bribery!
DATA PROTECTION FOR SCHOOLS WORKSHOP
Schools process more sensitive personal data than most other kinds of organisations. With data on parents, teachers, and students, in particular, schools should be focusing their attention on complying with modern data protection laws, like the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) in South Africa. Failing to do so could cause serious harm, to the school or its various stakeholders.
The season of Easter is upon us yet again dear Friends and as a Christian School we continue to reflect on the words of Christ, when He spoke to his disciples before his death on the Cross when He said “Do this in remembrance of me” – Luke 22:19. It is through these few words that made the disciples realise that the time of death that Jesus was talking, is indeed here and that the hour has come.
Last year the school sent out the textbook lists for the next year as usual in September. But, I had several books which I would not be using in future and did not want to have to dump them in my dusty pile of old textbooks, I had accumulated over the years.
Then I thought to myself, surely other people face the same problem. That is when The Old Textbook Drive began. Where the students’ textbooks that would previously take up space in their homes and gather dust, would be donated to underprivileged schools.
I greet you all in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
As I write this Easter Message, I pray that it will be a great pondering challenge for you and your families as you spend this time together. As we reenact the passion of Christ this Easter, I pray that will be born anew in his death and resurrection.
The Creative Arts combines the disciplines of science, mathematics, foreign languages, history, physical education, but most of all art. The above mentioned collectively develops great insight and demands research. The above mentioned collectively develops great insight and demands research. In our extra-mural programme, these factors play a vital role as it provides a deeper meaning and understanding as well as creates respect for this art form. We believe collaboration is key in developing a holistic student.
‘What’s the key to effective learning?’ That question has been the focus of Professor John Hattie’s academic research for more than 20 years. His latest research supports the conclusion that “it’s not just what you know, it’s what you know about what you know - and it’s what you know about how you know” that is crucial for new leaning to occur.